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Friday, October 13, 2006

Yesterday was such a disaster, I couldn't even bear to log my iniquities!

I love baking, but right now I just don't have the willpower to not snack on the goods as I'm preparing them - for example, yesterday I was making a carrot cake for a friend's birthday, and due to some scheduling SNAFU, ended up making the icing a few hours ahead of time. Cream cheese, butter, confectioner's sugar and vanilla. Something I simply can't abandon in the fridge. Let's just say, by the end of the night, the thought of another lick of icing made me feel physically sick.

And there was pizza. I had one piece each of the four we ordered from a neighborhood Italian restaurant - they're pretty small slices, and the toppings weren't too artery-busting. One, in fact, was topped with an arugula salad with tiny slivers of Parmesan and no sauce... Very tasty. And there was a can of Chinotto, a must-have with pizza in our house.

After the icing indulgence, I actually had a piece of the carrot cake! For shame.

I'm not really beating myself up over these not-so-great choices - I know it's just one day, a bunch of calories I could do without but which will be unceremoniously torched in the next few days at the gym. Not a big deal. But I don't feel good. What a difference proper nutrition makes in every aspect of your life! My gut's complaining, head's a little sore, and my energy is - well, I'd really like to be napping right now. I think I might be a little grumpy, too.

So today I'm on my best behavior. Simple, nutritious food - nothing heavy or cloying or sugary or bereft of nutritional value. Bad behavior is safely contained in history, and, while I know there will be more days like it in the future, I know there's always another opportunity - another day - to right the wrongs, to make good choices, and to heal and nourish my body.
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